Increasingly over the last decade, Australia has been a musical hotbed, exporting top acts such as Silverchair, Missy Higgins, John Butler Trio and more. Nowhere is this more evident, than in the country music world, with Aussie acts like Keith Urban topping the US Charts, and others like Kasey Chambers and Paul Kelly gaining in popularity. The latest addition to these ranks is the McClymonts.
Sisters Brooke, Mollie, and Samantha McClymont’s newest effort, “Wrapped Up Good”, recently released stateside, is a solid, 12-song set of New-Country ear candy. Owing much of their sound to late 90’s American country such as the Dixie Chicks & Shania Twain, these siblings seem to know just what is hot in Nashville right now, and how to hit all the right notes. Backed expertly by a rowdy band, these girls tear through songs like the opener “Kick it Up” where they promise to party you into tomorrow, big ballads like “A Woman is a Flame”, and the bouncy title track, “Wrapped Up Good” that evokes images of a collaboration between Faith Hill and 90’s pop sensation Wilson Phillips. “He Used to Love Me” is a Sugarland-esque pop-rocker, although seemingly penned by the girl that the book “He’s Just Not That into You” was written for.
Some pretty clunky lyrics more suited for a Disney Channel act (“You should have seen his little cutie-face when I said let’s get married and run off”-the Boy Who Cried Love) at times threaten to derail this album, but standout banjo and fiddle performances, a spot-on Nashville production job by Adam Anders of ‘Glee’ fame, and of course the strong lead and harmony vocals that the band is known for bring it all together. This album will keep fans of Miranda, Martina, and newcomers like Laura Bell Bundy (as well as all the above mentions artists) bouncing down the highway with these songs blasting from their speakers. Expect to see these girls a lot in the future!